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Jon Jones Coach Breaks Down Potential Future Opponents

Mike Winkeljohn, a coach for Jon Jones, was a guest on Submission Radio recently to discuss the fighter and his future.

Mike Winkeljohn, one of the main coaches for Jon Jones, offered up his thoughts on what’s next.

Jones is currently bulking up to compete in the heavyweight division. He is a former UFC light heavyweight champion.

While it should be pretty easy to put a fight together, both sides have had issues coming to an agreement. And you can see why.

Winkeljohn feels that certain top heavyweights are a waste of time for “Bones.” He recently appeared on Submission Radio to discuss.

“It doesn’t really excite me. I would assume – It has nothing to do with what excites me or not, I would think the same thing, from the outside looking in, I would think that wouldn’t excite Jon,” said Winkeljohn, on facing Stipe Miocic. “I think Jon wants the big one, he wants to get the big one, he wants the big challenge. And right now Stipe is not there. Stipe is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but Jon wants the biggest challenge out there. That’s how Jon Jones thinks.”

Some have also wondered if the time away could lead to Jones never competing again. Winkeljohn feels differently about that, as well.

“Heavyweights can fight for a long time. Honestly, Jon could take three or four, four years off and still come back at heavyweight,” he said. “It’s just the problem is, the sport continues to change and people are getting better every year. At first it was changing quite a bit. It’s kind of slowing down the upward climbing curve. So, you have to stay on top of the new techniques that are out there and stuff. But heavyweights are fighting until they’re older, so I don’t know. I think time’s actually on Jon’s side.”

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